Speaker Janelle Shane

Janelle Shane

Artificial Intelligence Speaker, Humorist

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About Speaker Janelle Shane…

Janelle Shane’s AI humor blog, AIweirdness.com, looks at the strange side of artificial intelligence. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, WIRED, Popular Science, All Things Considered, and Slate. In 2019 she was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business. Her soon-to-be-released TED talk is a funny and insightful look at the nature of machine learning algorithms. Her upcoming book You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How AI Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place uses cartoons and humorous pop-culture experiments to look inside the minds of the algorithms that run our world, making artificial intelligence and machine learning accessible and entertaining.

She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, her MPhil in Physics from the University of St. Andrews, and her PhD from the University of California San Diego.

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  • Janelle was brilliant! She had the audience cracking up with her quirky humour and fresh examples as she cut through the AI hype to deliver her clear-eyed perspective. Our audience had technical backgrounds that varied enormously, and she delivered a talk that worked for them all.

    Jeremy Moon

    Curator, Better By Design CEO Summit 2019

  • In a time when everyone else is talking in circles about the inevitable takeover of man by machine, Janelle Shane comes to the rescue.  She’s a delightfully funny and quick witted speaker who has her hand on the pulse of what advances in technology really look like.  I promise you’ll feel better about your own humanity and where all of this tech is taking us after hearing Janelle speak.  She’ll have your audience laughing, thinking and questioning all at the same time – what more could you ask for? 

    Briar Goldberg

    Director of Speaker Coaching at TED

  • As the chair of several large tech conferences, I work with hundreds of speakers a year. Janelle’s professionalism, sense of humor, and almost magical ability to turn the esoteric arcana of technology into fascinating stories the audience can’t stop talking about is unmatched.

    Alistair Croll

    Chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletech, and author of Lean Analytics.

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